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Man charged after armed raid on supermarket

Police investigating an armed robbery at the Co-Op store in Pontcymmer near Bridgend have charged a man.

The Co-op Store in Pontcymmer. Credit: Google Street View

Gavin Brian Williams has been charged with with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Williams, 34, is from Llangynwyd near Maesteg and has been remanded in custody by Bridgend Magistrates.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the robbery and want to hear from anyone who may have any information concerning this incident and who has not yet come forward.

We have charged one man in connection with this offence and are still investigating what was an extremely traumatic event for the victims.

While we have already made one arrest we are still appealing for anyone who may have any information to contact us.

– Detective Inspector Andy Paddison

Staff tied up in armed raid on village supermarket

Police in Bridgend are appealing for information following an armed robbery which happened at the Co-Op store on Victoria Street, Pontycymer.

The Co-Op at Pontycymer. Credit: Google Street View

At just after 6am, on Monday, 16th November two men wearing balaclavas, armed with a crow bar and a hammer, confronted the manager of the store at the side entrance to the shop.

One of the attackers wearing a balaclava. Credit: South Wales Police

The manager - and two other shop workers - were tied up, and the two men demanded to know where the shop’s safe was kept.

Over £2000 in cash was stolen by the men, along with cigarettes and scratch cards. A cash register hard drive was also taken.

It was a nasty robbery and I believe those responsible are from the area.

They have acted with total disregard for the importance of the shop to people in the village and absolutely no care for the welfare of the poor victims who have been left traumatised by what they have been through.

Somebody will know something and I am urging them to do the right thing by their community and call us.

– DI Andy Paddison

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.


Body found in search for missing Bridgend man

Clive Kemeys was reported missing on Tuesday. Credit: Family photo

Police searching for a missing man in Bridgend say a body was discovered this morning.

55-year-old Clive Kemeys was last seen at his home in the St Brides Major area on Tuesday evening.

South Wales Police says a body, believed to be that of Mr Kemeys, was found near a waterway earlier today. The death is not being treated as suspicious.


Delays of up to 45 minutes between Cardiff Central and Bridgend

Passengers due to travel between Cardiff Central and Bridgend may face delays of up to 45 minutes today due to safety checks.

Checks are being made to the westbound line at St. Georges which are causing the delays.

There is no estimate for when a normal service will resume.

Police 'concerned' for wellbeing of missing man

Police in south Wales say they're growing concerned for the wellbeing of a man last seen in the St Brides Major area of Bridgend yesterday evening.

Clive Kemeys was last seen yesterday evening. Credit: South Wales Police

55-year-old Clive Kemeys was last seen at his home address at around 11PM. He's described as being white, five feet eleven inches tall and of slight build with short, grey hair.

Anyone with any information is urged to call South Wales Police on 101.

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